Skkra Recommends… Hearthstone!

2016-01-04_HearthstoneHearthstone is one of my addictions, so I feel like, as with all good addictions, it’s my duty to try and get other people addicted, too.  If you don’t know what Hearthstone is, it’s a digital card game by Blizzard, the company known for creating the World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft games.  Surely you’ve heard of at least one of those.

The absolute basics of the game are this: each player starts with 30 life and 30 cards.  Each turn, you go back and forth playing “creature” cards from your hand and deploying them onto the table.  You attempt to maintain control of the board with your own creatures by killing your opponent’s creatures, and simultaneously attacking the other player until they have 0 life remaining.

Hearthstone is incredibly easy to pick up and learn – you will literally be playing from the minute that you boot up the game.  But there is a ton of strategic depth to discover as you continue to play.  A lot of the depth is in the decision making, and sometimes even the smallest of choices can have far-reaching consequences.

I could probably rant about how much I enjoy this game for pages upon pages… I’m sure I’ll revisit this game in another post later this year.  But in the meantime, why don’t you go try it out for yourself?

Diesel Ride

Skkra Recommends… Diesel Ride by Gasoline!

I’m not really sure who Gasoline is… from what I could find via Google, I think it’s a male DJ/producer from the UK?  That might be completely wrong, but it’ll have to do.

I can’t remember how I originally stumbled upon this song, but it’s worth the 4 minutes of your time to listen to it.  I’m a huge fan of hip-hop tracks that don’t have any vocals over them, and this is one of the chillest tunes I’ve ever heard along those lines.  Apparently the guy really likes horror movies, because there is a random quote from Scream thrown in, along with another little sample that sounds very “classic horror film,” but which I can’t place.

I feel like this would be a particularly good tune to throw on when nearing the end of a long road trip, while the sun is coming up over the horizon.  Bonus points if you’re drinking a beer in the car during that moment, the hand which is holding the bottle hanging lazily out the open window.


Skkra Recommends… Mummers!

If you’re unfamiliar with the Mummers, let me enlighten you.  The annual 2016-01-02_MummersNew Year’s Day Mummers Parade is a Philadelphia tradition wherein the city’s many Mummers Clubs – generally, groups of old school, South Philly germans/italians/irish – parade through the city, performing musical numbers and elaborate, coordinated dance pieces while wearing outlandish and over-the-top costumes.

And I mean, yeah.  That’s kind of what it is.  But the real magic happens afterwards.  See, these Clubs all have exclusive “club houses” down in South Philly.  The club houses are more or less just members-only bars, which is actually kind of awesome.  And a vast majority of them are located on 2nd Street or, as locals call it, “Two Street.”

After the parade is over, there is more or less a second mini-parade that goes down Two Street, and this is when New Years Day really gets started.  It’s a totally insane, anything-goes, nonstop party for the next 24 hours.  A lot of these Mummers don’t sleep for well over 24 hours straight.  You can hear the party from several blocks away.  You can walk around the streets with open containers and the cops, while present, won’t do a thing, probably because they grew up with Tony, who is in the Such & Such Mummers Club of South Philly.

So in honor of the start of the new year, I’ll recommend for you to go check out the Mummers down on Two Street at some point in your life.  It’s pretty surreal.  For one day, these Mummers are gods.  I guarantee that, as I post this, they’re still partying in the streets literally right now.


SDC2003Skkra.com has been reborn once again, and what a glorious rebirth it is.  This time around, we’ll be doing something different.  Several weeks ago, a friend of mine said, “Skkra, your opinions are always perfect… why don’t you give your legions of fans one recommendation each day?”  A great idea!  So great, in fact, that that story was a lie: I didn’t need a friend to give me this idea.

So, loyal readers, settle in for a year of daily recommendations of things to check out.  That said, let’s kick of 2016 with the only possible choice.

Skkra Recommends… Skkra.com!

Thats right!  There surely is no better way to begin this journey than by recommending skkra.com.  Skkra.com is an institution at this point, and is actually older than some of its readers!  Presidents have come and gone, wars and started and ended, and the world has changed many times over… but skkra.com hasn’t.  It’s still updated daily, the same as it was back in 2001.  So check back here every single day for my next glorious recommendation.

I would like to take one moment and thank one person in particular.  That person is the man that some have called Goose.  2016 is dedicated to him, as he really provided me with the motivation to post every day.  Every damn day.  I won’t miss a single post.  That’s right, Goose.  Strap in.